Jerome Boateng, Franck Ribery and Thomas Muller were on target for the champions

Hamburg confirm interest in Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner

Hamburg have confirmed their interest in Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner but fellow Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund have quashed speculation they are chasing the striker.

Hamburg plan another Chelsea raid

Hamburg have raided Chelsea's youth set-up for a second time in three days and are planning a third as sporting director Frank Arnesen continues to capitalise on his connections at his former club.

Boxing: David Haye sets date for Wladimir Klitschko fight

David Haye's world heavyweight title unification bout with Wladimir Klitschko will take place on July 2 in Hamburg.

Fan who punched footballer jailed

A football fan who ran on to a pitch and punched a player was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison today.

Yachts with champagne showers tempt the world's super-rich to Germany

Fancy an ocean-going super yacht fitted with showers that spray champagne? Or perhaps a giant room-sized freezer so that guests can have snowball fights in the Bahamas? Germany now claims to be the best place to go shopping for such craft.

Ruud van Nistelrooy ponders return to Real Madrid

Ruud van Nistelrooy may well have scored his last goal and played his last game for Hamburg as he confirmed that his former club Real Madrid are interested in taking him back.

From a caravan to N17: how one of the 'Famous Four' got to the Lane

An impoverished childhood, a celebrity wife and a lot to prove on the pitch. Ian Herbert assesses Redknapp's latest recruit

50 years on: 'Hamburg' still spells magic

The Beatles' first gig in Germany in 1960 has gone down in history. Paul Bignell looks back on the landmark gigs where you really had to be there

Little Britain: How the rest of the world sees us

Britain was once a great power. Are we now best known for oil spills, airline strikes and Simon Cowell? The Independent's foreign correspondents reveal how the rest of the world really sees us

Dom Joly: I feel betrayed... My best friend has started to like football

Now, like some rabid missionary, he was trying to get me to come over to the synthetic-shirt brigade

Great night for Fulham. Bitter end for Benitez

Hodgson's 'wonderful journey' reaches final with 2-1 win – but Reds manager may have no more to play for at Anfield

Top Gera drives superb Fulham fightback to delight the Cottage

Fulham 2 Hamburg 1 (Fulham win 2-1 on aggregate)

Hodgson holds breath as Zamora takes fitness test

Fulham manager fears that injury may rule striker out of tonight's tie with Europa League final spot at stake

Hamburg sack coach ahead of Fulham clash

Bruno Labbadia has been sacked as coach of Hamburg just three days before the Bundesliga club's most important fixture of the season.

Ian Herbert: Hamburg final still on but it could be Rafa's finale

It was a chaotic but characteristic goal for Liverpool's abject travels this season
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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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